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been difficult. >> republican house speaker said it is up to president barack obama and senate democrats to draft a deal. >>> growing pessimism about a deal getting tk-b sent stocks into a tail spin. the dow suffered triple digit losses and the nasdaq took a hit falling 29. california's unemployment rate is below 10% for the first time in almost four years. the latest unemployment rate dropped to 9.8% in november. down from 10.1 in october. jobless rate has not been this low since jan of 2009. some economists predicted california's unemphroeupl rate would remain in double digits through 2013. the fiscal cliff, mixed with lower unemployment and adding the mood with shoppers is leaving experts baffled by the direction of the economy. our consumer editor explains how the coming days could be critical. >>> consumer spending ins just released for november shows spending at a 3-year high. that was last month. last month, business investment in long-lasting machinery jumped more than expected. employment is up in all but five states. but, today's critical consumer confidence numbers a
obama and with the record the senate democrats have, they have been unable to pass the budget in the past three years and i think speaker boehner made a good-faith effort to get the ball rolling but you can't do it when one party is involved. you need both parties to be involved and, unfortunately, president obama's stubbornness is not allowing us to move forward in getting the fiscal cliff deal done. >> rick: speaking of both parties being involved, the president has to wonder who he's negotiating with, john boehner after he was not able to rally the troops? who is he supposed to be talking to? >> look, there is no substitute for him talking with john boehner and it will get a deal done, it will be obama and boehner. there is nobody -- the talk about somehow or another, boehner's speakership being in jeopardy, that is nonsense, no one is coming behind him and senator mcconnell, the republican leader of the senate is up for re-election and as we saw in the senate race in kentucky a few years ago, he may have to worry about a challenge from the right if he supports a tax increa
left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to vaue within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiatns with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsin
eisen, and in other news from washington tonight president obama nominating senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state with their views on kerry, benghazi, obama's foreign policy. we will be talking with fox his national security analyst k. t. mcfarland, former ambassador john bolton, and today the national rifle association exactly one week after the sandy hook school massacre has come up with a proposal for securing every school in this country, and it is such an obvious solution, so simple it immediately raises the question, why didn't anyone else think of it? well, we begin tonight with the fiscal cliff, justin days from the largest tax hike in american history was no movement toward a fiscal cliff deal more in the action in the house or senate. the responsibility now to avoid massive taxes and draconian spending cuts resting squarely on the president. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> just as our economy is really starting to recover and starting to see optimistic signs and we have seen actually some upside to from a whole rang
in washington today, there was a major announcement regarding president obama's cabinet. massachusetts senator john kerry was nominated to be the next secretary of state. after confirmation, the former presidential candidate will succeed hillary clinton to serve as america's top diplomat. so what can we expect from him in that role? for answers, i spoke to the former u.s. state department spokesman. of course, americans united nations ambassador, susan rice, was the top favorite. how effective will john kerry be? >> he has great spirits. in a sense, the obama administration has used him very effectively in the past four years. he was first on the ground in copenhagen with the climate change negotiations. he was inserted into the troubled relationship the united states has with pakistan. he has had effective conversations with president karzai, and he did some yeoman's work when it came to negotiations with south sudan. he has made his mark already in terms of conflict reduction, crisis mitigation. i think he will carry that experience into his new position. >> nevertheless, some would say he h
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama tapped senator john kerry today to replace outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we look at this first cabinet change for the president's second term with david ignatius of the "washington post" and journalist and author james mann. >> woodruff: then, we turn back to the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, as more victims are laid to rest one week after the shootings. >> brown: speaking out for the first time since the massacre, the nra's wayne lapierre rejects calls for new limits on guns. >> i asked congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> woodruff: and ray suarez talks to mark glaze, director of the pro-gun control advocacy group mayors against illegal guns. >> brown: plus, we hear from high school students from across the country, and gwen ifill talks with secretary of education arne duncan. >> schools have
. and in the senate which is a pretty close nit group. form senator obama says not block nomination. >> he has earned the trust of his senate colleagues, democrats and republicans. i think it's fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as john kerry. this makes him a perfect choice to guide american diplomacy in the years ahead. >> in fact, it's terry's open foreign relations committee that will conduct the confirmation hearings. harris? >> harris: i mentioned moments ago that ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from contention because of the controversy over benghazi. does this end the debate over that. >> republicans frankly say. no they still have questions about what senator clinton and the president knew about security at the consulate and about the attack and when did they know it. but they made clear in a news conference today that a a susan rice confirmation hearing would have been bitter because of her insistence a week after the attack that it grew out of the protest of anti-islam movie. >> i just did not believe
. as you remember, on friday president obama spoke at a memorial service in d.c. for senator inouye. he praised his service as a world war ii veteran, praised him for his long service in congress and also talked about the fact that he has a personal connection to senator inouye, president obama raised partially here in hawaii. he called the senator one of his earliest political inspirations and talked about the fact that as he traveled to the mainland as a boy of 11 years old he watched senator inouye in the watergate hearings. we don't expect president obama to speak tomorrow and heel be observing the service along with a lot of members of congress. richard? >> nbc's kristen welker in hawaii with the president. thank you, kristen. >>> speaker boehner has his work cut out for him now, not only does he have to cut a deal with the democrats, but he has a plan b fiscal cliff proposal and let's bring in jonathan allen and third way resident fellow bill schneider. i want to start with you. you wrote an article titled revenge of the purged, and you basically were saying in your article, jonat
. president obama nominated senator john kerry to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. secretary clinton who was still recovering from a concussion, was not there, but in a statement called the pick excellent. president obama's first choice for the job, susan rice withdrew her name after coming under fire about the tragedy in benghazi, libya. >>> now an update on that prison break. two convicted robbers scaling 17 stories with a rope made out of bed sheets. then impossibly hailing a cab to freedom. tonight, a new twist. abc's john schriffen has our story. >> reporter: he pulled off a daring escape from prison, but now joseph "jose" banks is busted. appearing in court this afternoon, after nearly three days on the run. the fbi arresting him late last night in chicago. >> yeah, it's kind of scary. but i thought that they'd, like, go far away. >> reporter: we now know both accomplished bank robbers, joseph banks seen here on surveillance video, broke out of their high-rise federal penitentiary in chicago, using sheets and towels tied in the form of a rope, even stuffing clothes in t
does it mean for kerry's senate seat? susan milligan and robert costa. >>> susan, president obama and senator kerry have shared a unique history over the past eight years and that's something that the president referred to today. >> of course, i also have to say thanks because john invited a young illinois state senator to address the democratic convention in boston. i was proud to serve with him on the foreign relations committee under the tutelage of joe biden where we all became friends. of course, nothing brings two people closer together than weeks of debate prep. john, i'm looking forward to working with you instead of debating you. >> susan, i guess the point, they've known each other in a variety of context and work apparently well together. >> they do. and ill think the other thing that's important about senator kerry in this role is that he can help bridge what has historically been a riff in the state department. they have different missions, but hopefully towards the same goal. he has street cred in both agencies and understands the missions of both agencies. he knows
's because whoever is holding the job, the job is doomed to failure. today president obama met with senator harry reid. he gave a statement saying he expected republicans to come back after christmas before the end of the year to try again. mr. boehner gave his own statement saying maybe something could break the rules a little bit and start in the senate to fix the problem instead of starting with his side in the house. if that happens and they can put something together on the senate side that can pass the senate, and that can earn all of nancy pelosi's 193 democrats in the house, they would need, then, 25 republicans to defect and vote with all the democrats to save the country. to save us at least from a self-inflicted recession. they would need 25 republicans. among the republicans who did side with john boehner last night on one bill that he was able to pass before it all fell apart, among the republicans who were on john boehner's side last night were exactly 25 republicans who are not coming back to congress after this year, who are gone as of january and on whom the usual republica
pass that when we know harry reid will kill it in the senate or obama will veto it? why go out on a limb and abandon the idea republicans never allow a tax hike for something just going to be an attempt at a strategic thing, and the reason they thought it would fail is it would involve trying to blame obama if we went over the fiscal cliff and republicans don't think the media would accept that narrative. i don't know. you would know better than i would about how the media would react to that. that was a feeling on the republicans part they couldn't successfully pin obama with going over the cliff. >> i never speak for the media. i speak only for myself. i don't know. it is going to really depend, don't you think? matt, you have a column back in december that said john boehner cat herder and i was thinking the cats got the better of the speaker. what do you think that means for his future? does he remain as speaker? does someone else come in and take over because it is an indication he can't control his own group? >> well, it certainly wasn't a vote of confidence. i think, john
. >> brown: again, the major developments of the day: president obama tapped senator john kerry to replace outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. one week after the school massacre in newtown, connecticut, the head of the national rifle association dismissed talk of new gun laws. instead, he called for putting armed police in every school. and congress went home for the christmas holiday with no fiscal cliff agreement in sight. online, we look at some of the most popular new words of the year, according to one popular lexicon. hari sreenivasan tells us more. >> sreenivasan: what are the buzzwords of 2012? and do you know what they mean? quiz yourself on the most popular new vernacular from urban dictionary. we kept our political analysts busy this year. watch a compilation of highlights from our doubleheader conversations, on the sport of politics and politics of sports, with mark shields and david brooks. and in a follow-up to yesterday's "making sense" story, paul solman pushes author james livingston on his view that spending is better than private investment. all that and more is
. house and senate members have already recessed for the holidays. >> president obama will nominate senator john kerry as the next secretary of state. he made the announcement at the white house today. current secretary of state hillary clinton is stepping down in january.u-n ambassador susan rice was reportedly on the short list, but took herself off it, citing a "lengthy, disruptive, and costly" confirmation process after republicans took issue with her remarks on the deadly benghazi attack killed 4 americans in libya. >> and after the president's busy day. he and the first family are now heading for hawaii. the president, first lady and their two daughters boarded air force one at joint base andrews in maryland earlier tonight. mr. obama plans to return to washington after christmas to continue working on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. >> a blizzard is pounding the upper midwest, causing havoc on the roads and leaving thousands of residents without electricity. the national weather service has blizzard and winter storm warnings in effect through at least tomorrow night. here's
say he should win easy confirmation in the senate. staying in washington, and president obama is increasing the pressure on the country's powerful gun lobby's and calling for stricter regulations on assault weapons. he has also challenged his fellow gun control advocates to take a clear stand on the issue. >> america had a moment of silence for the victims of the newtown massacre. exactly one week ago, a young man armed with a semiautomatic rifle gunned down 20 people in connecticut. meanwhile, the national rifle association has taken a hard- nce on the issue, calling for armed security guards in yev american school to protect students. >> the gun owner's organizatitin has proposed the establishment of a national school shield program, saying a bad guy with a gun can only be stopped by a good guy with a gun. the head of the inner raymond it clear that the nra opposes new gun laws. pro-gun control activists twice disrupted the press conference in washington. russian president vladimir putin has made sharp comments about a european energy law, saying it causes confusion and unde
. >>> president obama nominated massachusetts senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state. president obama praised him. >> over these many years he earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. she not going a need a lot of on the job training. he earned the respect and trust of colleagues. democrats and republicans. >> john kerry is a five term senator and the chair of the senate foreign relations committee and a war veteran. secretary of state hillary clinton could not attend the ceremony. she is recovering from the flu and a concussion from a fall. >>> the christmas holiday began on capitol hill without an agreement reached on how to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama called on party leaders to take action before he left for his holiday vacation in hawaii. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: after speaking with leaders friday afternoon president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some tax hikes and spending cuts. >> i have asked leaders to work towards a package that presents a tax hike, protects unemployment insurance, and lays
the law on hold till the court hears full arguments. >>> president obama nominated massachusetts senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state. president obama praised him. >> over these many years he earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. she not going a need a lot of on the job training. he earned the respect and trust of colleagues. democrats and republicans. >> john kerry is a five term senator and the chair of the senate foreign relations committee and a war veteran. secretary of state hillary clinton could not attend the ceremony. she is recovering from the flu and a concusussion from a fall. >>> the christmas holiday began on capitol hill without an agreement reached on how to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama called on party leaders to take action before he left for his holiday vacation in hawaii. >> good afternoon. >> reporter: after speaking with leaders friday afternoon president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some tax hikes and spending cuts. >> i have asked leaders to work towards a package that prese
and balanced reaction. plus obama nominates senator john kerry for secretary of state. but only after losing out on his first choice. was this a smart pick? and later the nra excoriates the media for their coverage of the connecticut school shooting. you do not want to miss this. stay tuned for these reports. nom fact for follow up segment tonight late this afternoon the president came out to address the impending fiscal cliff scenario. once again he he made a case for raising taxes on the top 2%. jing us now to respond dick harr harr boot alan. the president came out late afternoon inconveniencing the media which is the way it goes. he didn't say anything new. he said i'm an optimist and we should all take a break and let cooler heads prevail and people are suffering out there and they need more from washington. let me start by saying this. he still talks about washington as if he is not in washington. okay? my point on this is why is anyone going home or why is anyone taking much of a break until this thing is decided and agreed upon? your response. >> well, i think the president is facing
was visiting a obama in the white house just a few minutes ago. mr. harry reid. the senate has not passed a budget more than three years. the senate has not passed anything on the fiscal cliff greathouse have something with economics. all the senate has to do is pass something and they can go to a conference committee to get the whole thing ironed out. i think kerry re and the senate and obama, because the democrats in the senate are doing his bidding, that is where the real obstacles to getting something done. >> there was a perception created that the vote last night woulincrease taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization. but that impression is out there. the number of our members who st really didn't want to be perceived as having to raise taxes. that was the real issue. gerri: in some ways he was talking about grover norquist. the man it is about this tax pledge where is the common ground there? >> the reason that we have a plan be now is because the houses are devoted to pass all of the bills. gerri: b how do you find common ground there? them and that's what the speaker was
be printed in the record and president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the armed services committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 139 -- i'm sorry. 1339. we now proceed to this matter. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 1339, an act to designate the city of salem, massachusetts, as the birthplace of the national guard of the united states. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. reid: i further ask the bill be read a third time, passed, the motion to reconsider be considered phaeupbd laid on the table, with no intervening or debate and statements related to the measure be printed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the committee on commerce be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 4212 and we now proceed to this matter. the presidi
was very firm. his message for president obama, the ball is in your court. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem, and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and big issues facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president obama did not mention fiscal cliff talks in his weekly address. the president's christmas break in hawaii may be quick. he is planning to return to washington right after christmas. brianna key lore keilar in honolulu. what happens now, is it at a standoff or are the lines of communication open during the holidays? >> well, right now, the lines of communication are open, certainly between president obama and the white house. and not necessarily speaker boehner, although there is some sort of lines of communication. but really, the ball is not
he had been facing 15 years behind bars. >>> and president obama nominating senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state. he won't need a lot of on-the-job training. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and also ran for president in 2004. and if confirmed the senator will succeed hillary clinton who is set to step down next month. she missed today's announcement as she recovers from a concussion. i'm marianne rafferty. now, our hannity christmas special continues right after the break. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the mercedes-benz winter event is back, with the perfect vehicle that's just right for you, no matter which list you're on. [ santa ] ho, ho, ho, ho! [ male announcer ] lease a 2013 c250 for $349 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. >> sean: welcome back. the holidays are often a time when we realize how important family friends and community are to our lives. one man who knows that more than any one else is army sergeant joe pave ram. ainsley earhardt traveled to get it amazing story. >> it started out like any
as the factor moves along tonight. fair and balanced reaction. plus obama nominates senator john kerry for secretary of state. but only after losing out on his first choice. was this a smart pick? and later the nra excoriates the media for their coverage of the connecticut school shooting. you do not want to miss this. stay tuned for these reports. no, has ever turned down a handmade ornament. that's why we sat up santa's wonderland at bass pro shops. kids can get their free picture with santa, and this week make a... all for free. ♪ [ male announcer ] campbell's green bean casserole. it's amazing what soup can do share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. shareable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. hurry in for a droid razr m by motorola for $49.99. by showing you the apartment building where the fire was. when things like this happen, new perspective on life. red cross put us in a hotel so we were able to stay together. we're strong and if we overcame that or if we can overcome that... we can overcome anything. [
is the only one who can do it. >> president obama met with speaker boehner and senate majority leader harry reid today, but still there is no deal. the president took to the podium late this afternoon to explain the next step. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> you know, president obama today could have come out, and he could have just punched boehner right in the nose. he could have come out and kicked the guy today when he was politically down. but the president came out today with a demeanor of, hey, let's do a deal. it was a rough night at the office, but let's not give up on this. president obama has gone back to the basics. the days of the grand bargain he knows are over. but the president wants an extension on tax cuts for income below $250,000, as well as extended unemployment benefits. what's
's why. in 2010 the party lost 63 seats in the house, 6 seats in the senate. president obama called it a shellacking. there is reason to think he will do better this time around. president obama is almost guaranteed to do better in the house. hard to do worse than what he did in his first midterm. democrats have this helpful antidote, if they hold on to control of the senate, the president can declare partial victory for that. that was the importance of democrats add two senate seats, sitting at 55. republicans have to win big, winning six senate seats is big. that's what they would have to do to get control in 2014. the gaggle will be back right after the break. the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2012 campaign ad season. they made us laugh, some made us cringe, but which ones made people go out and vote? you're watching a special edition of "the daily rundown." ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain ♪ ♪ for purple mountains' majesty above the fruited plain ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good >>
. house and senate members and president obama. have all recessed for the christmas holiday. >> the ninth circut court of appeals today blocked a california law which bans the controversial therapy. that aims to turn gay minors. straight. the three judge panel issued an emergency order, to put the law on hold until the court can hear further arguments. the law. which governor jerry brown signed in september, was set to take effect january first. it would make mental health professionals who engage in efforts to change a clients' sexual orientation. subject to discipline by state licensing boards. >> jacqueline: there rainfall continues with the center showers and more for the rest of the week. your complete forecast, coming up. >> coming up the warriors hosting the bobcats and will a justin smith miss his first game in 11 years? sports, coming up. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for
said they expect to be back some time next week. president obama was saying he would work with lawmakers next week some time after christmas. chance the house and senate could be back in around the 27th. that gives them four days at best to beat the deadline. so it's going to be a lot of work that would have to be done in a little amount of time. randi? >> not looking good. emily schmidt. thank you so much. >>> well, days before christmas, the airports have been packed while some highways are near empty. all signs of the severe weather in the midwest that is now heading east. just listen to that wind. the system that caused this blizzard in iowa and wisconsin traveled through ohio and is now hitting pennsylvania and upstate new york. plus, there is another blizzard in the forecast for more on that, let's check in alexandra steele. good morning. so the coasts are getting the bad weather right now, right? >> that's it. the northeast and the west coast. and what we're really seeing here in the northeast isn't really a part of that massive system that crossed the country, brou
's official. president obama has nominated senator john kerry to be the new secretary of state. kerry is a former presidential candidate and an expert at foreign policy. his nomination comes after u.n. ambassador susan rice pulled out of the running for the job. and that's because of republican attacks on her role in the aftermath of the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >>> political insiders say senator kerry's appointment is seen as a certainty. >>> imagine walking down the aisled in the 1960s and nearly a half century later finding out you were never really married. the matt think money mistake they found out. >> the three words that formed the top tweet of 2012. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, nearly 50-years... but only now, is their ma >>> a couple who met in the bay area thought they had been married for nearly 50 years but only now was their marriage officially legal. cbs reporter rachel kim on why this may serving as a lesson. >> your face glowed. >> reporter: bob clark recalls the day he married the girl that caught his eye at san jose state. >> very cute. >> reporte
and districts. president obama here in hawaii. the next step will be for the senate to reconvene, which it's scheduled to do december 27th. till then, it's up to the white house to try to work out a situation at least on the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year, work out a deal with the senate majority leader, harry reid as well as the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, trying to figure out something that could ultimately pass the senate and then next pass the house with not only republican support but democratic support, as well. and the president holding out hope this could happen. take a listen. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist. but i actually still think we can get it done. >> but the chances of getting something big done that deals with the fiscal health of the country, miguel, out the window at this point. this is something we're talking about to deal just with those tax cuts set to expire for those making $250,000 or less. and also
then state senator barack obama speak at his nomination, and it was a road to the white house. and yesterday at the white house president obama nominated kerry to be secretary of state in his second term. >> in a sense, john's entire life has prepared him for this role. as a son of a foreign service officer, he has a deep respect for the men and women of the the state department, the role they play in advancing our interests and values, the risks that they undertake and the sacrifice that is they make along with their families. >> issues with iran, syria and north korea are the most pressing senator kerry will face if he's confirmed. yesterday, a long time colleague of his, senator john mccain congratulated him on his nomination and will consider that nomination, but he did not promise to support it. >> my view on whether secretary kerry should be-- or senator kerry should be secretary will not be based on differents of views. we had difference of views going back to 1991 when he said desert storm would fail. but what it will be based on is my view of his ability to carry out his responsibil
speaker boehner was directing his members last night. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. president obama also today nominated massachusetts senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. the president said kerry's life has prepared him for this role. kerry served two tours in vietnam. he's been in the senate since 1985 and he chairs the foreign relations committee. in 2004, you'll recall, he lost the presidency to george w. bush. it has been a week since the school shootings in connecticut, and in newtown, they marked that moment today. (bells ringing) church bells rang 26 times for the 20 first graders and six adults killed at sandy hook elementary school. the gunman's mother was also killed. the scene was repeated all across the country-- including at the white house. the national rifle association broke its silence today following the newtown tragedy. the executive vice president of the n.r.a., wayne laperriere, said that schools would be safer if they were protected with guns. here's chip reid. >> reporter: wayne laperriere gave no ground to gun control advocates who
spiriva. >>> yesterday president obama nominated senator john kerry for secretary of state putting into place the first new member of his new national security team for the second term. kerry will be the first bit of smooth sailing for the administration nomination-wise after susan rice and more recently chuck haguele. who was leaked by the white house as a possible nominee for secretary of defense and now subjected to fierce prenomination attacks from conservative columnists, anonymous republican staffers to name a few. they want to take down hagel in a statement saying, quote, send us hagel and we will make sure every american knows he's an anti-semite. much of the campaign focused against him is on his jewish lobby during a 2008 interview with former peace negotiator aaron david miller who joins us in a moment. >> the political reality is that you intimidate a lot, not you, but the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. and, yeah, i've always argued against some of the dumb things they do because i don't think it's in the interest of israel, i just don't think it's sm
obama officially nominated massachusetts senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state. u.n. ambassador susan rice was believed to be the first choice but withdrew her name after several members of congress attacked her response to the deadly attacks in benghazi. >>> and by nearly unanimous vote kerry and his fellow senators approved $60.4 billion in emergency funding for states affected by superstorm sandy. the house of representatives takes up the funding measure next week. >>> a former u.s. marine imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammar was released yesterday, partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. he was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police
. president obama also announcing john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. senator kerry currently chairs the foreign relations committee. president obama credited him with playing a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years and called on the senate to swiftly confirm his nomination. the u.s. marine veteran jailed in mexico on weapons charges is back in the u.s. tonight. his release comes from his mother. he was arrested four months ago after declaring an antique shotgun at the border. mexican authorities said the weapon did not comply with their gun laws. anderson. >> there are obviously going to be more funerals in newtown this weekend. another funeral just tomorrow as monsignor weiss is going to be officiating at. many difficult days ahead, but the families who lost loved ones are not alone. so many are promising to remember the sandy hook victims. we'll be right back. [ bells tolling ] >>> church bells on what was a raw and rainy december morning this morning. a reminder that life can change in an instant. horribly and forever. a reminder t
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